Here are three of the most noteworthy March Google Workspace updates – all will be active by the end of this month.
You can now embed linked response charts from Google Forms into a Google Doc, Google Slides presentation, or a Google Drawing. When new form responses are received, anyone with the proper permissions can refresh an embedded chart by simply clicking the “Update” button. This eliminates the need to re-copy the chart from the form.
This feature is useful for sharing real-time responses to polls or surveys and for incorporating Forms responses data into presentations or reports.
We’re making it easy to collaborate on an email draft in Docs with the new email draft template. You can mention people in the recipient fields using the @ menu without having to remember their email addresses, and collaborate on the message body using comments and suggestions. When ready to send, simply click the button that is shown alongside an email draft. A Gmail compose window will pop up, with email fields (subject, to, cc, bcc, and body) automatically populated based on the email draft in the document.
There is no end user setting for this feature. To insert an email template, go to Insert > Building Blocks > Email draft
In addition to seeing when someone is out of office, you can now see additional Google Calendar statuses like “In a meeting” or “In focus time” in Google Chat.
Why you’d use it
We hope by surfacing these additional statuses, this will make it easier for your colleagues to identify appropriate times to message you.